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The Best Of The Best 2006

ImageCreating state-of-the-art, hi-tech racing yachts for internationally renowned yachtsmen is a passion for Cookson Boats, and 32 years in the industry has done little to quell the company’s quest for excellence.

Cookson Boats enjoys an excellent rapport with top internationally renowned designers, naval architects, and engineers.
Using leading edge technology and construction systems developed onsite, the company has built over 140 composite yachts for a discerning list of clients that includes many repeat customers.

The recently launched, Emirates Team New Zealand’s, second yacht of the 2007 generation Americas Cup has given Cookson Boats insight in to new design technology, and allowed them to further advance their talents in the continual refinement of construction technology.

“As this international grand prix yachting event draws closer, we are reminded of how the small, yet significant technological advances can be the difference between losing and winning.” Go the Kiwis.

AC Boats for Emirates Team New Zealand
By December 2005, the first of the two 2007 generation AC yachts for ETNZ was launched and shipped off to Valencia. By the end of the 2006 Louis Vuitton Championship, ETNZ was ranked number one. NZL84 was joined by NZL92 in October 2006. Both yachts are often seen out on the Hauraki Gulf being put through their paces.

NZL84 and NZL92 were each constructed over a six month building programme.

Detailed construction of these carbon fibre racing machines was undertaken by a talented Cookson Boats Team.

The team’s passion for the project was evident throughout, along with an enormous amount of pride and accomplishment.

Each yacht is custom design built to stringent America’s Cup Class Rules which stipulate design parameters.

Wingz on Air

ImageArticle By  : Jason Snashall

Whether you are a seasoned sailor or simply fancy yourself as one, this latest vessel from Mick Cookson and his team is a truly magnificent speed machine.

She represents some of the latest in sailing technology engineered to provide a regatta-winning performance and, in an unusual combination, to be a cruiser with creature comforts.  She is the Cookson 50’ Wingz and is one serious yacht, built for a sailor who demands high performance.

At a recent Friday night rum race on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, I was privileged enough to join Mick and his team to see just how quick Wingz was. We were up against some serious competition of competitors but there was only one other boat that gave cause for concernthe crew were worried about - Pussy Galore. And, as all the Bond girls have proven, she too had the right moves! Pussy Galore is another Cookson 50’ and for this reason she was the only vessel with the specification to take line honours from Wingz.

The Fastest, Most Reliable Yachts In The World

ImageArticle by Ivor Wilkins

It is like a natural cycle by now. Every few years Mick Cookson decides that it's time he built himself a new boat, and after much doodling and invention, out pops something that is fast, fun to sail, and hopefully, commercially attractive.

His two most recent High Five yachts were the Cookson 39, which proved very competitive during the heyday of the IMS rule, and the Cookson 47, a development of Big Apple, which, with its sister ship Seahawk, won the 2000 Kenwood Cup in Hawaii. Both were from the drawing boards of Farr Yacht Design in Annapolis, MD

Now his sights are set on a 50-footer with a canting keel and trim tab arrangement. As with all his own projects, he has once again chosen Farr Yacht Design to develop the concept, which is aimed at plugging a hole in the market for an affordable, seriously quick, high-performance production 50-footer with a canting keel. "This all started out as a fixed keel yacht with a trim tab," says Mick, "We basically took the Transpac 52 concept of a lighting fast 52 foot racer, shrunk it to 50ft, and increased the freeboard so it had some internal volume and felt like a 50-footer rather than a One-Tonner. We wanted something that would be reasonable to live aboard offshore and that you could also use to entertain your friends at the dock."

NZL Yachting Trust Auckland Fiji Race Finished
ImageAll the boats who raced the NZL Yachting Trust 2006 Auckland to Fiji Race are now safely at the marina at Vuda Point. The last boats in were the shorthanded boats, who finished during the evening on Saturday.

Skiddy Two, raced single handedly by Bretton Holland was the first to cross the line in this division and also takes the honours on handicap.

Line honours on elapsed time went to Pussy Galore skippered by Anatole Masfen who took five days to complete the race, the IRC handicap trophy also goes to Pussy Galore, the ORC trophy to Wild Card skippered by Ray and Andrew Lodge, and the PHRF trophy goes to Lion NZ. The prize giving will be held on Sunday evening where the prestigious trophies and prizes donated by local sponsors First Landing Resort, Creative Wood Design, Jacks of Fiji, NADS Handicrafts and Captain Cook Cruisers will be presented.

This year for the first time there were two starts three days apart out of Auckland and a new Division of cruisers, the Bula division where boats could motor and would be handicapped according to declared time and distances of motoring. The reasoning behind this was to get the slower and the fast boats all finishing within a shorter time frame in Fiji. This was achieved with all finishers in over a span of four and a half days. It also meant boats that may not have entered because of time constraints were encouraged to do so, giving a bigger overall fleet.
Aero find a better use for their power winch
Image The IRC Division at Hamilton Island for the first time has offered a unique opportunity to compare the current crop of new canting ballast boats, the Farr designed Cookson 50's, against the slightly lower rating established fixed keelers.

The three Cookson's, Eoin Fehsenfeld's brand new Aero, Anatole Masfen's Pussy Galore and Michael Hiatt's year old Living Doll, all look very similar sitting in the dock, but Aero has more a taller mast, more sail area and a deeper keel, so she is rated higher. Living Doll for most of this season has reduced her rating considerably by electing to race with her keel fixed.

On Sunday afternoon, Tommy Addis, navigator on board the spanking new Aero hit the dock ecstatic with her performance in the Edwards Island race, 'with the boat sailing around the course without the little annoying new boat breakages of the previous day.'

The sole Aussie onboard continues; 'Aero is still to reach its potential, we are still playing with the systems onboard, with the numerous settings for keel and trim tab combination still being explored, just so many set-up options available to us.'

Pussy Galore wins at Airlie Beach

ImageA rare off the breeze start for the 23 nautical mile Double Cone Armit Race today in the 17th annual Airlie Beach Race Week and it was the Kiwi's Day, with the Auckland built canting keeler, owned by New Zealander Antatole Masfen blitzing the field.

The IRC Division was first away in a south westerly of 20 knots, with Michael Hiatt’s Living Doll and Anatole Masfen’s Pussy Galore both hitting the line with speed. Pussy Galore was higher and faster and flying straight at Double Cone Armit. Living Doll (Michael Hiatt) sailing with her canting keel fixed was falling away to leeward, but both were still higher than the following fleet.

Behind them Quest of Queensland (Kevin Millar) was taking the centre line on the course and Quantum Racing (Ray Roberts) was in close pursuit. Approaching Double Cone, Living Doll took a better line and she took distance out of the leader. The same thing at Armit, round the island Pussy Galore was just 100 metres ahead of Living Doll but up the beat she was soon showing a clean pair of paws.

Last boat finishes Sydney Mackay Yacht Race
ImageThe last boat in the inaugural Sydney Mackay Yacht Race has finished the testing 903 nautical mile passage and handicap results have been finalised with Michael Hiatt's Living Doll the confirmed IRC overall winner and Darren Cooney's Inner Circle the best of the PHS boats.

Yesterday morning the smallest boat in fleet, Anthony Paterson's Tow Truck was hurtling towards a first or at least a second IRC podium place in a 25 knot sou'easter averaging 15 knots of boat speed when their fast ride to the finish cruelly came to an abrupt halt.

"The forecast was for it to hold but we ended up in zero wind," said a circumspect navigator Brett Filby this morning from Mackay Yacht Club where they are having a "small boat reflection".

"We sailed for five hours at less than one a half knots then sat off Prudhoe Island, the final rounding mark, becalmed for three hours. At that stage we really wanted to be off the boat," he admitted.

This "park up", one of many they and the rest of the fleet experienced from the time they set off from Sydney Harbour at 1.00pm last Saturday, cost them heavily. It allowed Ed Psaltis' AFR Midnight Rambler from Sydney to slip into second place and Grant Wharington's line honours winner Skandia from Melbourne to claim third on IRC handicap.

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